Tag Archives: Michael McDowell

Running Their Mouth: 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville

Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Regan Smith Finally Gains Momentum in Martinsville

It may be virtually impossible to have an uneventful day at the Martinsville Speedway, which often looks like a moving junkyard by the end of 500 laps. However, Regan Smith may have come close. Perhaps the rookie got all the "close calls" out of the way on Friday, when he barely snuck the Principal Financial Chevy into the field, slipping in at 33rd, the fifth of the seven "go or go home" teams that made the race. However, unlike in other events so far this season, the No. 01 Impala moved forward from the start, working his way into the top 25 by the lap 75 mark. It was there that the team struggled with poor track position for a bit; stabilizing at or about that point in the field, he eventually lost a lap.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2008 Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Virginia this weekend to beat and bang at Martinsville Speedway. The Goody's Cool Orange 500 is the sixth race of the 2008 Sprint Cup season, and will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX, with radio coverage by MRN affiliates nationwide. Competitors will make 500 circuits for 263 miles around the .526-mile short track in their quest for the checkered flag.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: 2008 Preview, Part I

Speedweeks at Daytona starts up this week, which can only mean one thing - a new NASCAR season is finally upon us after some much-needed time off. The 2008 season will once again feature a talented group of rookies who look to hit the pavement for their first full (or almost full) season of competition; and as was the case in 2007, I'll once again be providing you with an in depth analysis of each driver as they go through the motions of their respective freshman years through the weekly version of Frontstretch's Rookie Report. Together, we'll chronicle the ups and down of each driver's success -- or failure -- as they adjust to life in the Cup Series.

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The Forgotten Rookie: Michael McDowell Prepares for Rolex 24 Before Beginning His Cup Career

This month, Michael McDowell returns to the series where he competed in 2005 and 2006, participating in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche FABCAR. As he prepares for his fourth grueling 24-hour event and his upcoming rookie season for MWR, McDowell took some time out at the Spirit of Daytona race shop to talk with Frontstretch, discussing why he made the transition from sports cars to stock cars and what his goals are for 2008.

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